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A great read for anyone wanting to learn more about bookkeeping :)

Originally posted on The Young Financier:

Bookkeeping at its best

“A double-entry bookkeeping system is a set of rules for recording financial information in a financial accounting system in which every transaction or event changes at least two different nominal ledger accounts.” This system has been around since the 14th century and was first published by Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar in the 15th century. Merchants in Venice were among the first to fully integrate their bookkeeping systems with this practice.

All of today’s popular bookkeeping and accounting software packages use the double-entry system which is far less exhausting than it was when entries were made in multiple journals with pens. The system is very effective and ensures the integrity of the bookkeeping with simple checks and balances. However, even with today’s software, errors can occur if the chart of accounts is not created accurately. There is also the element of human error that even with…

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Currently loving: Music – 15/01/2014

I am loving this song at the moment!

Click on the picture to go to YouTube to listen.

“Before I ever met you” by Banks


Let me know what you think.


Oh yes, it’s that time of year again, the beginning of the year where we all look back on last and wonder did we fulfil any of the promises we made to ourselves a year ago. I think there will be a common outcome of not likely!

If I’m honest I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions last year, I wasn’t in the best place and didn’t feel confident enough with myself to stick to them, however, things have changed in the months leading up to now and I am ready to start 2014 on a positive note, so this post will be about the new year’s resolutions I feel are real, achievable and essential as this year is the beginning of the rest of my life :)


Resolution one – to finish what I have started.

I started a learn at home course on becoming a fully qualified bookkeeper back about 3 years ago. I am very proud to say I have completed 75% of it, however, I have failed to complete the rest of it because of a mix of work, play, holidays and most probably laziness.

The last part of this course is the manual part, which to be honest, I see no point in doing but it will enable me to get that other letter added on to the end of my name! The course is paid for and it’s on my desk, I just have to have the push to complete those 10 or so hours it will take to finish it, send it in and do the exam.

Resolution two – to start what I haven’t started.

I received an advanced driving course for for Christmas about 3 years ago and I still haven’t started it, mostly for the same reasons above. This year I will complete it

Resolution three – to better myself in the gym.

About 5 months ago I read a blog post about how you see yourself in 15 years time, and how difficult it will be to sort yourself out then instead of doing something about it now. This post was enough motivation for me to get myself on the right track for the rest of my life. I managed to lose enough weight to drop 2 trouser sizes and I felt so much better, so I started back at the gym.

One of the things that has improved in the recent months is my strength and confidence in my body and appearance. I have been working closely with my personal trainer Will (, focussing closely on my nutrition and my body weight exercises and things are at last starting to make a visible change for the better.

This resolution is to continue my work with Will and get a leaner and fitter body, one which I can be proud of.

Resolution four – to gain some independence.

I moved home back in August 2008 for a number of reasons, one of the main ones was to save up for my deposit which I will eventually use to buy my own house. The idea has worked well and I have enjoyed the luxury of living at home and I have completed what I have set out to do.

This is the year where I will be turning the big 3-0 and I think it’s time I started moving on with my life, even if it’s just down the road in Newbury, and as the banks aren’t lending money for mortgages like they say they are then I shall rent. I have already set up active searches for properties in the area where I want to live so here’s to moving on!

Resolution five – to become aware of my opportunities and act on them wisely.

I love working for the family businesses and hopefully one day I will be able to take them over and run them on my own, but just right now I want to keep an eye on other opportunities which may be of benefit to me. I need to get myself some “outside” experience in order to broaden my knowledge of the business world around me, get fresh ideas and inspiration. There is only so much I can do where I’m working at the moment and I need more!

I’m just going to keep my options open here, it’s a big step but I think it’s a step which will suit 2014 very well.


These are my 5 new year’s resolutions for 2014, I believe they are achievable. They are resolutions which will help better myself this year and start my thirties off on a positive one!

I wonder if I’ll look back at these in 2015 and wonder what I was thinking? I hope not, I hope for once I complete what I set out to do.

Care to share any of your resolutions? Do you think you’ll stick to them? Let me know! Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading :)

My parents have recently each purchased an iPhone 5 and asked me to set them up. One of the most important things when changing mobile phones is transferring your contacts.  But Apple don’t make it very easy.

I’m an Android man, I have never owned an Apple device nor do I know much about how they work or behave. Which is probably similar to quite a few people out there. So I turn to good old Google for a bit of advice.

Hours of searching on Google turned up a lot of rubbish about how you can back up your contacts through iTunes (which doesn’t seem to be supported any more), or backing up to and managing them through Gmail or Yahoo Mail, which would be good if I wanted to do that, but I wanted to get them onto the iCloud so they can synchronise and constantly update from that source. So I had to get a little bit creative and I thought that I’d share it with you who may be wanting the same end result – transferring your contacts quickly and easily (for free) from your Blackberry device in bulk onto the iCloud, here’s how…..

You will need:

  • Your Blackberry device.
  • Your iPhone – this needs to be set up so it is backing up to your contacts to your iCloud account. Check your settings.
  • Your Blackberry USB cable.
  • Blackberry Desktop Software – if you don’t have this you can get it here.
  • A PC or laptop with Microsoft Outlook installed (I’m using Office 2007).
  • A Yahoo! account.
  • TextPad 7 Software – if you don’t have it you can get it here. I used version 7.0.9.
  • A cup of tea or a GnT if it’s after 6pm!

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Here it is ladies and gentlemen!

Watch, enjoy, share, be amazed! But most importantly Like it on YouTube and share it.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Harry Potter: The OMEn Chronicles

I thought I’d share this with you guys not just because it’s so cool, but for the amount of work that has gone into it by one guy. This is a short YouTube video called “Harry Potter: The OMEn Chronicles TEASER” by wrenthereaper. Check out his channel here.

This is a teaser video of what’s to come in September this year, I’m really excited to see what it’s like!

The video also stars 2 of my favourite YouTubers called Will and RJ. They are a couple who have recently moved to Los Angeles and make daily vlog videos for YouTube, very kindly allowing us into their everyday lives. Check out their channel here.

Let me know what you think!


Please sign this petition to relocate the Winter Games 2014 from Sochi to Vancouver

It’s not very often I get political, but in this case I think we need the focus the attention of many on this important issue.

This petition has been started by ‘Equality for All’ and at the time of writing this blog post it has had over 74,000 signatures, it’s doing well but it needs more.

By signing this petition you will help bring equality for all to the world, is that such a bad thing? It’s 2013 after all, shouldn’t it be here already?

Thanks for reading this post, and if you signed the petition then your action is greatly appreciated.

In the time it took to write this post there have been over 5,000 signatures to the petition, why don’t you join them and help make the world a better place for everyone :)


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